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In the winter your skin is more likely to become dry.
    
Joy Williams, APRN, FNP “If your skin becomes too dry you are at a more increased risk of developing a bacterial or fungal infection of the skin.”

That’s why it’s important to moisturize.
 
Joy Williams, “We want to use moisturizing cream because it helps promote a barrier from germs, irritants and allergens that can potentially get inside our bodies and cause infection.”

Moisturizing your skin also reduces water loss, promotes hydration and just makes it look better.

Joy Williams is an advanced practice nurse the Dermatology Department at Horizon Health in Paris, Illinois. She says when it comes to moisturizes creams and ointments are better than lotions.

Joy Williams, “Lotions are more water based, so they’re not going ot hold that moisture in as much as creams and ointments. As you can see the cream is a little thicker there.”
    
Other tips include not taking a shower longer than 10 minutes, trying not to use really hot water and slathering on that cream within 3 to 5 minutes of bathing.

Another tip is what’s called soak and seal. Soak youR skin in moisturizing cream and then seal it with your pajamas if you’re going to bed or put cotton gloves or old socks over your hands.

And just remember, as we all age, our bodies produce less oil.

Chapped lips are also a problem. Don’t lick your lips hat just makes it worse. Instead use something with petroleum like a Vaseline product or Aquaphor.

Horizon Health recommends these products to patients.

-Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream
-Eucerin: Skin Calming
-CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
-Aveeno: Skin Relief Body Wash
-Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
-Cotz lipbalm SPF 45
-Aquaphor Healing Ointment
 

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